What is your dog eating, How Much, and When?
* Available at Tractor Supply ( online), Chewy, and Amazon.
Your dog is eating 3 cups a day, in the morning. This amount will probably change throughout your dog's lifetime. You may need to feed more or less as your dog gets older.
Once home, if your dog doesn't eat his /hers allotted amount or picks at it for the first few days, this is normal. *Try feeding your dog in a less distracting environment or their crate.
Est. Crate and Collar Size?
Medium to Large Ruff Land Crate.
For a direct link to their website, please see our Recommendations page. If you don't like or want a Ruff Land crate, then any hard-sided plastic crate will do. We do not recommend wire crates. It is extremely important that you bring a crate for pick up.
17 -19 inch ID collar ( please bring an ID collar with your contact information on it ) A ID collar can be fabric, leather etc.
20-22 Inch medium fine Herm Sprenger metal collar and a six-foot standard leash.
Your Dog's Favorite's Are:
Regular Treats: Pupperoni, Zukes Training Treats, Biscuits
High Value Treats : Chicken, Bacon and Cheese
Favorite Toys: Tennis Balls, Kongs, Elk and Deer Antler Chews
Preferred Petting: Ears, Belly and Back
Recommended Reading Materials and Training Videos:
Tips and Training Videos for Head Starts, Companions and Gun Dogs The Koehler Method of Dog Training ~ By Koehler
Retriever Training for the Duck Hunter ~ By Robert Milner
Retriever Hunt Test ~ By James Spencer
Training Retrievers to Handle ~ By D.L and Ann Walters
Training Retrievers: The Cotten Pershall Method~ By Bobby N. George Jr.
The New Knowledge of Dog Behavior ~ By Clarence Pfaffenberger
Genetics and the Social Behavior of the Dog ~ By John Paul Scott and John L Fuller
The Dog's Mind ~ By Bruce Fogle
Retriever Training Guru Style~ By Keith Mathews ( DVD) What It's Like To Be A Dog and Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience ~ Gregory Berns Animals in Translation ~ Temple Grandin
Information for Training, Weekend or Overnight Visits:
Flea, Tick, Heart Worm Prevention and Vaccination Information :
Prevention care is given on the first of each month.
We primarily use Revolution, Frontline, Sentinel, Seresto Collars, and Heartguard.
Please check with your veterinarian for recommended products for your area.
January 1-15th: Group obedience lessons, individual lessons on-site, handling, whistle sits
December: 16-30th: handling ( left right back) in the training center or as weather will allow outside. Whistle sit
October 16-Nov 15 2022: Working on handling and remote sits, intro to blinds as the snow will allow
October 15,2022: Concept marks on land, water , hunting at Willow Preserve.
October 1,2022: Birds and more birds. Now that the hunting season is in full swing we are working on hunting exposure and concept marks every other day. Please keep your dog's bird bank with a minimum of five birds if you want him to travel to diffrent preserves.
September 18,2022: Working handling ( left, right and back) while also working a whsitle sit. * If you want your dog to be working on diffrent preserves or have live flyers in training, please keep a minimum of five - ten birds in his journal.
September 4,2022: We are continuing to work on concept marks, delivery to hand in and out of water.
The preserves are now open. If you would like to purchase pheasants for your dog to hunt over, please do so in the additional services area of the journal. A recommended minimum is 10 birds.
August 26, 2022: Concept marks and delivery to hand in and out of water. Introduction to handling: left, right, and back in a baseball pattern
August 19, 2022 : Concept marks in and out of water, delivery to hand with distractions
We are wrapping up force fetch , handling and delivery to hand on the table, we are moving to ground work next week
May 20, 2022: Force Fetch and intro to handling on the table. Going Right, Left and Back the whole 14 feet of the table
April 17, 2022 : Working on FF. We are focusing on picking up off the table with a ” fetch” command from about a few feet. Our goal will be to be at the end of the table ( 12 feet) and working from the left and right by next Friday.
April 3, 2022 : Working on hold lessons and force fetch lessons, with obedience lessons
February 19-March 19th : Apologies for the delay. we have been having intermittent website difficulties. It should be fixed now. We have completed obedience training and hold, moving on to Force Fetch, once we complete this block of training, we will begin concept marks.
February 6-18th: We are working on exposure to water , the find it command, delivery to hand and hold lessons when needed. Everyone has settled in nicely and we are making the most of the warmer weather.
February 5th : Thank you for your patience. As many of you are aware, winter has arrived in a big way. With it comes snow, ice and delays. While keeping everyone warm and safe, we are still continuing to train. Our focus during these storms is on home etiquette and obedience, whether you have a head start puppy, companion or gun dog. When temperatures are below 20 degrees we will be inside as much as possible, over 20 degrees and we can dig out, down at the training center.
Jan 1-15th: obedience , obedience and more obedience. Adding hold to lessons, and will begin on here, heel and sit with hold
Dec 2-25th : Merry Christmas! Your dog enjoyed homemade bacon dog biscuits and chew treats early this morning. Obedience lessons, table work and intro to hold
Oct24-December 1: obedience lessons : here, heel and sit. Ramps and Stairs… into to sit / stays while other dogs are working
October 10 -23rd : Introduction to leash lessons and intro to ramps and stairs. Taking direction for place lessons on the table, group walks in the woods with gunfire
Sept 19- October 9th : Leash drags, sit lessons, adventure walks with gunfire, wing retrieves and crate training
Sept 5-18th: Sit lessons, crate lessons, leash drags, adventure walks with gunfire and retrieving pheasant wings
August 20 – Sept 4: We are working on wing retrieves , leash drags, crate lessons and adventure walks with gunfire exposure
August 2-22nd : adventure walks and exposure to gunfire
July 21- August 1,2021: starting to play more and chase feathers
July 20,2021 : The litter is continuing to grow. Soon their eyes and ears will be open. Right now they just like to eat and sleep
July 13, 2021 :Happy Birthday ! Cotton gave birth to seven pups today. All are males
1) yellow male : SDR Jim, gun dog
2) Yellow male : Buddy, companion dog confirmed by Stark
3) yellow male : Zeus, started gun dog confirmed by Tietel
4) yellow male : Shiloh, finished gun dog confirmed by Haggins
5) yellow male : Tam , shed, dog confirmed by Crowe
6) black male : Tarbell
7)black male : Crow